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How to Lower Blood Pressure Organically

by Remy Lo
  • Overview

    High blood pressure contributes to several health conditions including heart disease and kidney failure. Lowering your blood pressure can also reduce your risk of suffering from stroke, erectile disfunction and coronary artery disease. While taking specially designed mediations is one method for lowering blood pressure, there are also organic methods that can assist your efforts. Learning about additional prevention and treatment measures can help you choose the best combination for your circumstances.
 
  • Step 1

    Make dietary modifications. Assess your current diet by monitoring your intake for one week. Write down the type and amount of all food and drink you consume. Compare your actual intake to the recommended servings on the food pyramid and with additional instructions given by your doctor. Reduce your consumption of salt by cutting back on processed and fried foods. Increase your intake of vegetables, whole grains and fresh fruits to reduce the workload on your arteries.
  • Step 2

    Engage in regular aerobic exercise at least three times per week. Reach your target heart rate by exercising for at least 20 minutes per workout session. Ease into this regimen by beginning with lighter aerobic activities such as walking and working up to heavier activities, such as swimming or running. Ask your doctor for exercise intensity and type recommendations based on your current state of health and any additional risk factors.
  • Step 3

    Participate in stress-relieving activities. Since stress is often linked to high blood pressure, it's important to alleviate negative stressors. Engage in regular dialogue about events that bother you to avoid bottling these adverse feelings inside. Find a hobby to help ease your mind and renew positive feelings. Consider participating in yoga exercise.
  • Step 4

    Add beneficial supplements to your daily routine. Take fish and flax seed oil capsules to get more omega-3 acids into your system. These oils help prevent cholesterol build up inside arterial walls, reducing their workload. Use folic acid supplements to reduce homocysteine levels, which affect arterial resistance and elasticity. Avoid taking ephedrine and licorice as they may contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Step 5

    Reduce intake of caffeine, alcohol and cigarette smoke. These chemicals can contribute to high blood pressure by constricting the blood vessels. Monitor your drinking and smoking patterns to discover your most vulnerable moments. Avoid being around people and places that trigger your need to indulge.
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  • Explore alternative treatments such as acupuncture to benefit from ancient wisdom.
  • Explore alternative treatments such as acupuncture to benefit from ancient wisdom.
  • Keep track of your blood pressure while performing organic reduction methods. It may be necessary to take medication if these treatments don't work for you.
  • Keep track of your blood pressure while performing organic reduction methods. It may be necessary to take medication if these treatments don't work for you.

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